Search Results: "Archer Mayor"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PRICE OF MALICE by Archer Mayor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"The even-tempered Sage of Brattleboro is as appealing as ever. Still, wouldn't it be satisfying if, just once, Joe Gunther would flat out lose it and pull a Kunkle?"
In the l9th of this estimable series (Chat, 2007, etc.), Joe Gunther catches two cases simultaneously and, for awhile, fumbles both. Read full book review >

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GATEKEEPER by Archer Mayor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 29, 2003

"Quiet, unassuming, yet charismatic, the ever-readable Sage of Brattleboro shines in his lucky 13th. Page-turner Joe, they call him."
A bit older, a tad slower, a shade more New England dour, Special Agent Joe Gunther (The Sniper's Wife, 2002, etc.) chases a passel of wannabe druglords as entertainingly as ever. Read full book review >

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THE MARBLE MASK by Archer Mayor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 12, 2000

"Warmhearted, streetwise Joe, the quintessential good cop, continues to be the strength of this estimable series (Occam's Razor, 1999, etc.), whose latest entry is, as usual, colorful, readable, and just a bit overcomplicated."
The newly minted Vermont Bureau of Investigation, with Special Agent Joe Gunther second in command, gets the perfect starter case. Read full book review >

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THE RAGMAN'S MEMORY by Archer Mayor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 6, 1996

"Joe's intricate seventh case is as far-reaching as his outsized sixth (The Dark Root, 1995, etc.), but so much more close-knit—every new suspect seems to awaken painful memories for Joe—that Mayor's Brattleboro ends by containing a whole sorry world."
``We've got five major cases so far,'' announces Lt. Read full book review >

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TUCKER PEAK by Archer Mayor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 12, 2001

"An okay police procedural, but Mayor's focus on the infant VBI gives disappointingly short shrift to the sharp, telling small-town portraits that have generally marked this series as special (Occam's Razor, 1999, etc.)."
Untoward things are happening at Tucker Peak, the posh ski resort upstate—things that might be troublesome enough to warrant the attention of Joe Gunther's freshly minted Vermont Bureau of Investigation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BELLOWS FALLS by Archer Mayor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 7, 1997

"Once again Mayor does it all—domestic abuse, forensics, a statewide drug ring, family counseling—while balancing the whole triple-decker mess on the Bouches' troubled marriage."
Bellows Falls isn't far from Brattleboro, but it's a whole world away from the bigger town's bustling optimism, as even its own fatalistic natives, who never seem to get very far from home, acknowledge. Read full book review >

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SCENT OF EVIL by Archer Mayor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1992

"A miss, then, but still an author to be reckoned with."
An honorable failure in which the author's forensic expertise, plain-speaking, and love of Vermont don't quite compensate for a plot that falls apart three quarters of the way through. Read full book review >

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PRESUMPTION OF GUILT by Archer Mayor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Veteran Mayor (The Company She Kept, 2015, etc.) has no trouble making the two very different parts of his story work well on their own, but even he can't make them mesh very convincingly."
The demolition of the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor discloses a 40-year-old corpse and a mess of industrial-strength criminal waste for Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation to clean up. Read full book review >

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ST. ALBANS FIRE by Archer Mayor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 17, 2005

"The most understated cop in crime fiction (The Surrogate Thief, 2004, etc.) racks up a satisfying 16th in a series that marches confidently to its own unhurried beat."
An arson-homicide snares the Sage of Brattleboro in a web of tangled relationships. Read full book review >

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THE SNIPER’S WIFE by Archer Mayor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2002

"Wild Willy holds the stage well enough, but those sharp, edgy Brattleboro portraits, series mainstays until now, will be missed."
Fans of Mayor's sturdy Brattleboro series (Tucker Peak, 2001, etc.) know Willy Kunkle as the stormy petrel of Joe Gunther's Vermont Bureau of Investigation. Read full book review >

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THE DARK ROOT by Archer Mayor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 7, 1995

"Mayor's sixth book (Fruits of the Poisonous Tree, 1994, etc.) is in every way his biggest, though the outsized scale works against the intimacy of Gunther's earlier cases, keeping you from getting very close to any of the players before they get plugged and planted and the dragnet moves on."
Vietnamese gangsters have come to Brattleboro, Vermont, and they're playing havoc with the bucolic town, which usually has the luxury of much more limited crime waves. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PARADISE CITY by Archer Mayor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Understated, occasionally very funny (see Kunkle) and very intelligent. In his 23rd appearance (Tag Man, 2011, etc.), the Sage of Brattleboro remains as appealing as ever."
Joe Gunther and his crack team of Vermont sleuths crack a case in Massachusetts. Read full book review >